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The Poetry Can (ISBN 978-0-9539234-4-1)
A collection of poetic voices exploring a domestic drama unfolding over two tense days. The story is edgy and emotional, distinctively woven with informal and mythical language."Claire Williamson's poems dynamically re-enact suffering in the manner of verse drama, a novel freed from the irrelevances of genre, a startling modern myth of human loss and grief, and the striving for recovery, back up from the depths to embrace the air and infinity that is ours. As Tennyson wrote "Let love clasp grief, lest both be drowned." I salute her."
PoTA Press (ISBN 0-9526432-6-X)
Ride On is an autobiographical narrative poetry collection."Beautiful brave writing, the story closes like a fist around your heart, makes it hard to breathe as you read and can't stop reading. And all the time the poetry turns the images this way and that, gives us mirrors, reflections, voices from a lifetime that utterly engages us, makes us desperate for the writer's own redemption. This is poetry that is honed to a sharpness of light, bright with spirit, transcendent."
- Rose Flint (Winner of the prestigious international Petra Kenney Poetry Award and author of Nekyia (Stride) Blue Horse of Morning (Seren) and Firesigns (Poetry Salzburg))
Eyewear Publishing (ISBN 978-1-908998-56-9)
Williamson's poems explore the realities of recovering a lost past through visceral stories of family truths. Unflinching, the poet interrogates, seeking understanding and freedom. Love, human relations and children are a central theeme in poems that portray a freshly explored present, but even here, nothing is taken for granted"Claire Williamson's work is both powerful and intriguing. Her words are ridden by animal energy; haunted by human mystery. These poems mourn loss and celebrate the new, with her distinctive blend of pathos and hope."
Claire Williamson's latest collection, Visiting the Minotaur, from Seren, concerns the suicide of a mother and brother, grief, art, architecture, and raising children. Grown from shifting soils of time and culture, the bull becomes a recurring motif: domesticated, wild, persecuted. Her language engages, subverts, surprises.
Forthcoming with Seren in April 2018
October 30th, 19:15 - The Spoke’s Seren Book Launch: Bordeaux Quay in Bristol
I would like to invite you to part one of The Spoke’s Seren book launches. Myself and Claire Williamson have books coming out next year, mine being my debut collection. Robert Walton and Paul Deaton have books coming out later this month.
These fantastic poets will be launching their books on 30th October at Bordeaux Quay in Bristol . Robert will be reading from his new collection Sax Burglar Blues (his first collection was published almost thirty years ago! Workings is also a superb book, still available on Amazon) and Paul will be reading from his debut poetry collection A Watchful Astronomy.
I have had the pleasure of reading many of these new poems and can promise you that both collections are moving, sensuous, beautifully-crafted works of art.
The poets will be accompanied by jazz music from Pete Judge & Riaan Vosloo (Three Cane Whale & Get the Blessing).
Both books are published by Seren.
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November 15th -Ye Olde Murenger House, Newport
Claire will be reading poetry with Paul Deaton
May 31st, 19:30 -Words and Ears, The Swan Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon
Come and join us at Bradford on Avon's popular reading series, Words & Ears. Bring a poem, story or song to share, or just bring yourself. All performers and listeners welcome: open mic slots always available. £4 on the door.Go to Website